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House Episode: "Whatever It Takes"

Season 4, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: House is recruited by the CIA to help diagnose a dying agent, but the agency doctor (Michael Michele) spearheading the case offers very little information about the agent's history or previous assignments. That means House must improvise. Meanwhile, House's six remaining job candidates question Foreman's judgment and argue over the diagnosis of a female race-car driver who passed out after a race.
Original Air Date: Nov 6, 2007
Guest Cast Tom Wilson: Lou Michael Michele: Dr. Samira Terzi Chad Willett: Brian Smith Joel Bissonnette: John Holmes Osborne: Curtis Nick Warnock: Reporter Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse
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Season 4, Episode 6
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Length: 43:56
Aired: 11/6/2007
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"Whatever It Takes" Season 4, Episode 6

It took a little while to warm up, but once this episode got going, it had some of the juiciest stuff we've seen so far this season - hilariously bawdy dialogue, bizarre ailments and intense personal drama. The primary POTW was a drag-racer who, after winning a race, passes out in front of her personal pit crew, aka her dad, and a reporter. As House and the Wannabes start talking through what might be wrong with her, a veritable man in black comes looking for House. As he walks away with the doc, I loved the smug look on "Big Love" ( Edi Gathegi), and Number 13 ( Olivia Wilde) totally checking out the government man. House himself doesn't quite believe the CIA credentials and is convinced that wherever he's headed, there's going to be a lap-dance involved. House doesn't believe that he's actually been courted by the CIA until he sees the cushy black helicopter waiting for them on the roof. During the flight, House's cell phone rings - and it's Salt-N-Pepa's "Whatta Man" (hilarious!). House has been brought in to treat an agent who seems to be the victim of an assasination attempt. He's initially unimpressed with the CIA facility. "Looks a lot better on 24," he says, then sees Dr. Samira Terzi ( Michael Michelle). "I take that back." He just can't stop coming on to her throughout the entire episode. "You know, I happen to have a position available on my penis," says House. "Wait a second, I think I screwed up that joke." But Dr. Terzi is an able sparring partner: "As tempting as a position on your staff is, I like it here." Another favorite line of the evening (what's with all the genitalia talk?) is House's comment to a dumb-struck Wilson, once he realizes House is actually at the CIA: "You've got to get down here; they've got a satellite aimed directly into Cuddy's vagina. I told them the chances of invasion are slim to none, but...." Back at Princeton-Plainsboro, Foreman dismisses the POTW's condition as nothing more than heat stroke, but then begins to believe that she has MS, while "Cut-Throat Bitch" ( Anne Dudek) and Plastic Surgeon Guy ( Peter Jacobson), go behind his back and start treating her for lupus simultaneously. Grumpy ( Andy Comeau) leads the charge to continue testing, standing up to Foreman and getting himself kicked out in the process. Regardless, Grumpy tests her for polio, and the result comes back positive, to everyone's shock. Cameron and Chase's first dramatic scene together this season (since Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer broke up) was full of sparks - and not of the romantic variety. The spat between them was riveting in its honesty. Guess sometimes an on-set breakup can actually do wonders for the actors' performances. Although Cameron's later scene with Foreman, in which she tried to get across that he's not always right, and that that's actually OK, was just so-so. Meanwhile, in parallel, Grumpy and House are both trying alternative treatments: Vitamin C to treat the POTW's supposed polio, and Chinese herbal tea to treat the CIA POTW's supposed poisoning. The irony is that the CIA POTW was really only the victim of too many Brazil nuts (moral of the story, kids: Watch that nut bowl at the holidays), and the POTW was actually the victim of poisoning, at the hand of Grumpy, who faked her polio to bring attention to the disease, which primarily affects people in the third-world countries he's passionate about. The scene where he was revealed was pretty amazing. It seemed like he had finally come out of his shell, until we discovered that he was in fact completely bonkers! In the end, Michael Michele surprised House by taking him up on his offer - not that offer; the one to, ahem, take a position on his staff. We'll see how that plays out. Also, the next episode, with the deformed kid and the documentary crew looks like a doozy. I think things are starting to heat up on House, and not a moment too soon! show less
It took a little while to warm up, but once this episode got going, it had some of the juiciest stuff we've seen so far this season — hilariously bawdy dialogue, bizarre ailments and intense personal drama.The primary POTW was a drag-racer who, after winning a race, passes out in front of her personal pit crew, aka her dad, and a reporter. As House and the Wannabes start talking through what might be wrong with her, a veritable man in black comes looking for House.As he walks away with the doc, I loved the smug look on "Big Love" (Edi Gathegi), and Number 13 (Olivia Wilde) totally checking out the government man. House himself doesn't quite believe the CIA credentials and is convinced that wherever he's headed, there's going to be a lap-dance involved. House doesn't believe that he's actually been courted by the CIA until he sees the cushy black helicopter waiting for them on the roof. During the flight, House's cell phone rings — and it's Salt-N-Pepa's "Whatta Man" (hilar... read more

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